Power Chromatic

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Re: Power Chromatic

Post by Brendan » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:14 am

@ Sachlaw: Good to hear you're adopting an alternative approach, and you describe the advantages well. The reversed slide is used a lot in India and also by Irish musicians.

Here is the great young Indian player Subhranill Sarkar playing reversed slide:

And here is my good friend, the brilliant Mick Kinsella on reversed-slide chrom with his wife Josephine Marsh playing a few jigs:

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Re: Power Chromatic

Post by Paris » Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:46 am

Perhaps I'm confused on what harp you're playing on the tune. Is it not a P.C. Bb scx-56 played in 2nd position-F?
Your trasitioning from the G to the A with a button push?

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Re: Power Chromatic

Post by Slava » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:36 am

Sachlaw wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:50 pm
Paris wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:14 am
It had never occurred to me to do this before but seems like a very intriguing modification!
@ Paris.
If you like Diatonic then you might like something I am working with. I just flipped the plates. That way, when I am pushing the slide, I am always "Going Down," so to speak.

Couple of things this does for me so far:

1. I can use the throat bend and/or the button to bend down. This will let me play with the octaves, and I can play some embellishments that sound better to my ear than the other set up.

2. It give me a a chromatic bridge to a full step below (which means easy access to the b7th) any default hole pitch. So basically, every hole (back to front) is now a two hole draw in some way shape or form (a. no bend, bend, then a button push with bend, or b. no bend, button push no bend, then bend). In the other setup, the b7s for the keys to the left of your repeating note (ie on my G harp, the doubled note is E [GBDE/AC#EF#] so the b7s for GBD will take movement off the hole. Flipping the plates gives me G#CD#F/A#DFG. Now I am a push and bend away from the b7th for notes to the left.

This also helps me out quite a bit with muscle memory, as I know all bends or button pushes get me down.
Sachlaw, i'm interesting in your tuning but i can't realy understand how it works?

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Re: Power Chromatic

Post by Sachlaw » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:21 am

@Slava -
Sorry if I was not clear on it.

I wrote up some stuff on it last night, posted it, but on reflection this morning. I think i may have made errors, so I pulled it off. I will throw a comment back out soon.
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Re: Power Chromatic

Post by Brendan » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:04 pm

@ Paris: Sorry for the slow reply. I'm using and F PowerChromatic and playing in F. The G is available as a draw or blow, so G to A is both draw notes.

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